Creating a Children’s Garden and Environmental Theater at the Land Trust
by Andrea Zoppo
After two years of offering a variety of family fun programs with our collaborative All Together Series, Miss Ladybug and the Land Trust are recruiting families to join in the creation of a Children’s Garden! A welcoming sanctuary for play and connecting deeply with Nature and its systems, the garden will encourage children’s curiosity, interest, and problem-solving in our natural world. With your help we can facilitate and create a launching pad for discovery and growth, a safe place where children and families are invited to explore and learn the lessons of mindfulness, stewardship and wellbeing.
As a living classroom within the Land Trust, the Children’s Garden has the potential to create new art forms and young activists. We want to open discussions and possibilities in the dramatic arts with children, for children, with the garden as our inspiration. The nine events that are planned around the garden will expand on the explorations of the All Together Now series, including development of a puppet theater and a puppet show we will perform for the Land Trust community at the Spring Peace & Love Fest. Interested children are also invited to take part in a Garden Theater camp the week of June 26.
The Children’s Garden project is generously supported by a host of wonderful partners including Terra Nova Compost, Beech Hollow Farms, Sustenance Design, and Urban Sprout Farms. You will also have the opportunity to support the garden and its programs by attending our events and through a crowdfunding campaign we will unveil this spring. Together we have the resources to create a magical space and programs that are dynamically engaging and sustainable. We hope many of you will be inspired to get involved early, so that this special garden and its programming may be guided in collaboration with local children.
As part of our joint effort, Miss Ladybug asks local families to submit a fun and unique name for the Children’s Garden at the Land Trust. We will collect ideas and vote on them. Due date for ideas is April 1. Email submissions to Missladybug@ladybugeventsllc.com with “Garden Name Submission” as subject. Community voting on submissions is April 9, 4:00 pm, at our third garden program. The official unveiling of the name will be June 4. The family that submits the winning name will have the great honor of placing the first garden gnome statue in the new garden!
Want to volunteer, join our garden club, reserve a spot in our Garden Theater camp, or get more info? Email Missladybug@ladybugeventsllc.com to get on our new list. Don’t have time for all that? No worries, join us if you can for any or all of our upcoming events, all on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 6:00, as in the past. Each one of the programs listed below will include collaborative theater elements, environmental education, hands-on garden work, and a healthy delicious seasonal snack.
Miss Ladybug and the LCCLT thank you for bringing family fun energy to the treasure that is our lovely Land Trust. We look forward to playing in the dirt with you soon!
Children’s Garden days at the Lake Claire Community Land Trust
Selected Sundays, 4:00-6:00 pm. $5 donation.
February 12: Have S’more Garden Fundraising Kick off and Beautification
March 19: Garden Designing and Beautification with an Equinox celebration
April 9: Beautification Project and Spring Planting
June 4: Garden Name Unveiling, Summer Planting and Nature Crafts
June 26-30: Garden Theater Camp! 8am-1pm
July 23: Garden Beautification, Summer Harvesting and Fall Planting
August 27: Garden Beautification, Summer Harvesting and Fall Planting
Sept: 24: Garden Beautification and Equinox Celebration
Nov 12: Have S’more Garden Show